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Save on Select Eastern Costa Rica Adventures by Disney Departures

For a limited time, you can receive $250* off per person when you book select departures of the Adventures by Disney® Eastern Costa Rica itinerary. From zip lining above the rainforest canopy to touring ancient forests filled with exotic creatures, this ultimate eco-adventure allows Guests to explore the natural wonders and wildlife of the country’s vibrant forests.

Booking Window:
Jan. 10 – March 15, 2012

Travel Window:
June 30 – December 29, 2012

Additional Details:

  • Valid for U.S. residents only.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.

Book select departures of the Adventures by Disney Eastern Costa Rica itinerary before March 15, 2012 for travel between June 30, 2012 and December 29, 2012 and receive $250 off* per person.

*Offer applies to the purchase of select departures of the Adventures by Disney Eastern Costa Rica itinerary at the non-discounted Regular Rate made between 1/10/12 and 3/15/12. Offer applies to the following departure dates ONLY: 6/30/12, 7/7/12, 7/21/12, 8/11/12, 12/22/12 and 12/29/12. Regular Rates vary depending on departure date and time of booking and are subject to change. Lead guest of the booking party must travel on the land package booked. Valid on new bookings only. Bookings must be made through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. You must advise Vacationista of this offer at time of booking. Not applicable toward deposit amount. Land packages are subject to availability. Offer not transferable or redeemable for cash in whole or in part. Cannot be sold or transferred for commercial use. Void where prohibited. Subject to conditions, restrictions and change without notice. Cannot be combined with any offers or promotions. Offer valid for U.S. residents only.

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Disney’s The Aulani Story

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, was designed by Walt Disney Imagineers working hand in hand with Hawaiians to create a place celebrating island culture and history. Everything from the wondrous volcanic outcroppings to the breathtaking Resort architecture honors the fundamental connection between nature and humanity that the Hawaiians have cherished since the beginning of time. And because Hawaiians love to layer meaning in their words, so the name “Aulani” has more than one meaning. It is the place that speaks for the ancestors, yet it is also the place that speaks with deep messages.

Aulani is indeed a place where ancestral stories are told, built with the nobility, beauty and grandeur of Paradise.

Which path will you take to discover the heart of Hawai’i?

The People

Origins
Historians believe the Polynesians migrated to the islands thousands of years ago. But the beauty of Hawai’i could not be kept a secret. Eventually immigrants from all over the world flooded into this paradise. Initially attracted by the fishing and abundant agriculture in sugar cane and pineapple, they stayed for the balmy climate, refreshing sea breezes and tranquil cultural life.

Values
With a keen reverence of the land from generations past, the people who live in Hawai’i today also value aloha and practice generosity daily. They pay special respect to elders because they are the keepers of wisdom. These values create a peaceful culture that treasures the magical connections between all living things.


The Place

Location
Located on the west coast of O’ahu, Ko Olina has always been known as sparkling cove to Hawaiians. In ancient legends, it is the place where Pele, the goddess of fire, came to rejuvenate after her travels. Ko Olina was also a sacred place of renewal for Hawaiian royalty such as Kamehameha the Great and his wife, Ka’ahumanu. Known for its mountains and spectacular seascapes, Ko Olina is home to many islanders who make their living from its bountiful agriculture and fishing.

Resort Community & Marina
Aulani is located amongst the numerous beaches of the Ko Olina Resort & Marina. This family resort community mixes single-family homes, townhouses and villas featuring a variety of amenities, including an 18-hole golf course designed by Ted Robinson. It’s a popular vacation destination because of its white sandy beaches, premium snorkeling and great shopping. Also, the world-class Marina delivers the ultimate in sports fishing and recreational boating.


The Art

Layers
Hawaiian art is characterized by layers – of color, patterns and refined thought. The elegant interior design of Aulani reflects those layers and traditional images found throughout Hawai’i. For example, the shape of an adze – the woodworking tool used to carve canoes – is a common motif in the architecture. You can also find colorful kapa artwork, featuring vibrant waves and lines produced using stamps made of plant stems or bamboo. Even enigmatic petroglyphs grace the rocks. Much like prehistoric drawings, petroglyphs are rudimentary depictions of humanity and nature, reminding us of our ancestors.

These elements are all woven together to tell stories at every turn – from the lobby mural depicting Hawaiian life to the pathfinding symbols on the floor, leading you to greater wonders.

Colors
The colors of Aulani and its artwork reflect those of the island, such as the brilliant reds of the ‘I’iwi bird’s feathers or the buttery yellow of native hibiscus. The oaky tea color of Koa wood is a popular hue, as are wheat and chalky cream for kapa backgrounds. Charcoal black and wood are often used for sharper lines while tropical greens and blues brighten.

The Menehune
Everywhere you look, these magical “little people” of Hawaiian legend are smiling ear to ear with joy as they hide, play and make mischief throughout the Resort. The petite menehune peer from rocks, trees and even unexpected niches. As with much of the magic in Aulani, the more you look, the more you see! So look carefully. You might catch sight of a menehune out of the corner of your eye…

What do I do in ports of call?

In Ports of Call…

How long do we stay in port?
Lengths vary, but in general you dock for a half day to a full day. Check the cruise itinerary pages for specific onshore and onboard times.

How do I get on and off the ship when it docks at ports?
At most destinations, the ship docks right at the port. At some, the ship anchors offshore and then you “tender,” meaning smaller boats take you from your Disney ship to the dock. At Castaway Cay, the ship docks right at the island, so you can get on and off at your convenience.

Security guidelines require all adult Guests to show a picture I.D. and their Key to the World card to embark and disembark the ship in all ports, including Castaway Cay. Anyone under the age of 18 wishing to go ashore unaccompanied will be required to have a consenting parent, guardian or other responsible adult with them at the gangway, to provide a signature as authorization.

Do I have to book excursions in advance?
We recommend you book excursions in advance on disneycruise.com or onboard at the Shore Excursion Desk on Deck 3.

Are meals served on excursions?
Meals are served on some excursions. Check the details of your excursion at the time of booking.

Are there things to do on shore if I’m not on an excursion?
The ports have many exciting activities you can undertake on your own — from beach outings to shopping to touring. Excursions are, however, a convenient way to experience the ports. Be sure to watch your in-stateroom TV for specific excursion information the day before you arrive at each port.

Could the ports of call ever change unexpectedly?
Very rarely. We only divert from our scheduled ports in cases of extreme weather (such as hurricanes) or during other circumstances that may challenge safety. When time permits, we always try to alert Guests to possible port changes prior to sailing.

Are there limits to the amount of duty-free merchandise that I may bring into the U.S. from the Bahamas?
Each Guest returning from the Bahamas to the U.S. can bring back up to a total of U.S. $800 worth of duty-free merchandise (retail price). Each Guest 21 and older is limited to 2 liters of alcohol, of which 1 liter must be produced in the Bahamas and Guests 18 and older are limited to 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars (excluding Cuban cigars). These limits are mandated by U.S. law and are subject to change.

Are there limits to the amount of duty-free merchandise that I may bring into the U.S. from the Western Caribbean?
The exemption for each Guest returning from the Western Caribbean to the U.S. is a total of U.S. $800 worth of duty-free merchandise (retail price) from Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay. Each Guest 21 and older may acquire 1 liter of alcohol and Guests 18 and older are limited to 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars (excluding Cuban cigars). These limits are mandated by U.S. law and are subject to change.

Are there limits to the amount of duty-free merchandise that I may bring into the U.S. from the Eastern Caribbean?
Each Guest returning from the Eastern Caribbean to the U.S. can bring back up to a total of U.S. $1,200 worth of duty-free merchandise (retail price). However, no more than $800 in combined purchases can be made on board the ship, St. Maarten and Castaway Cay. Or, the entire U.S. $1,200 exemption may be used on purchases from St. Thomas alone. Each Guest 21 and older is limited to 5 liters of alcohol (only 1 liter can be acquired in St. Maarten or on the ship, with an additional 4 liters being exempt if purchased on St. Thomas, provided at least 1 liter is produced in the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each Guest 18 and older is limited to 5 cartons of cigarettes (only 1 carton can be acquired in St. Maarten or on the ship, with an additional 4 cartons being exempted if purchased on St. Thomas) and 100 cigars (excluding Cuban cigars). These limits are mandated by U.S. law and are subject to change.

How do I declare purchases with U.S. Customs?
All Guests (one per family) must complete a U.S. Customs Declaration Form to submit to U.S. Customs. Those Guests (one per family) that have exceeded the Customs allowance are required to submit a completed U.S. Customs Declaration Form to Customs in Diversions (Disney Wonder® and Disney Magic®) prior to debarkation. Specific times and any changes to locations will be delivered to your stateroom the night before debarkation. Customs Declaration Forms are also available in different languages at the Guest Services Desk located on Deck 3, Midship. You will be subject to additional fines if you fail to declare purchases over the Customs allowance. U.S. Customs will continue to make random inspections in the luggage hall area. These limits are mandated by U.S. law and are subject to change.

Are duty-free third-party deliveries allowed in ports of call?
The security of our Guests, crew and ship is our highest priority at Disney Cruise Line®. As a result, third-party deliveries are prohibited in our ports of call. Guests are welcome to return to the ship with purchases made in port as long as those items can be examined by ship security upon boarding.

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